I just read that post about the guy who went to the dealership and first drove a "slow" WRX, then proceeded to scare the hell out of the salesman by driving like a maniac in a Mustang to show him the Stang was "faster". It made me think of my race against a brand new Mustang last night.
I was driving around after doing that " Free factory mod" of unplugging the factory boost controller. I was concentrating on the boost gauge more than anything else, since I was worried that the boost would go over .11 MPa, but everything seemed to be working good. As I started to turn left at a light, I noticed a new Mustang stopped at the light diagonal to me. The kid driving it was looking my car over, and as I passed him he gave a little "rev".
He had some kind of open exhaust so his car was pretty loud. I made my turn, quickly pulled into a parking lot and turned around, pulling into the lane behind him. As I pulled up I noticed he had no mufflers on the car, just a free flow exhaust. I could tell by the way he was gunning it every few seconds that he was driving a 5 speed. He also didn't have his plates yet, he still had the temporary license tag from the dealer. Just as I pulled up to his bumper the light turned green and he took off hard. I floored it and stuck to his bumper as he accelerated. We both let off after only a few seconds, as the road we were on closed down to one lane and was pretty tight. I followed him a short distance to where the road met up into a nice, wide open three lane divided roadway.
He got in the left hand turn lane, and I lined up behind him. When the green arrow flashed, he began turing left, really wide so that I could move into the inside lane beside him. He didn't quite wait for me to line up, as soon as my front bumper was lined up with his rear bumper he floored it. I had been anticipating this, and I had kept my car in 1st to keep the revs up. I floored it and immediately was dead even with him. We both shifted into second at about the same time, him with a loud "chirp" of tires and some black smoke, and me in the silent 4wd manner I immediately pulled 1-3 car lengths on him. I hit 3rd before him, and as I got deeper into third I widened the gap even further, so I was now 5-6 car lenghths on the guy. He cut off before I got to 4th and turned right at the next light.
I'd go post this on the Stang message board, but I know they wouldn't believe it anyways, or would say it was because his driving was bad. Well, I had two mustangs, and they are 100% easier to drive fast. All you had to do in the mustang was try not to smoke the tires off the line, and keep it floored. I used to shift while racing without taking my foot off the gas. Any mutangs that aren't Cobra's, or don't have pretty extensive mods, aren't going to stand a chance against a WRX.
My Mods (short list)
5 spokes and tires
Blitz SuS Intake
Unhooked Factory Boost Controller (Running 16 PSI in 3rd)
On the way - TurboXS Turbo back exhaust + Up pipe